Why Did NYU Langone's Emergency Generators Fail?
'A dangerous situation'
Speaking to Rubin, Morgan conveyed more outrage with his signature dramatic flair. He characterized the NYU Langone evacuation as "a dangerous situation," with transport of hundreds of vulnerable patients amid strong winds and rain.
They were "being evacuated in the middle of the night...four newborns on respirators carried down nine flights of stairs as nurses manually squeezed the bags to get air to those babies...This is a very dangerous situation. My wife gave birth last year, and I can't imagine anything worse than in the middle of the night, your baby being rushed on a respirator..." Morgan said to Rubin.
In response, Rubin insisted that Langone has many generators and tests them "all the time." But, he said, "this was an unbelievable, powerful storm. Many, many things happened that were really beyond anyone's control...an unfortunate set of circumstances...we had 10 feet of water, 12 feet of water in our basement..."
But Morgan continued to push. "It does seem baffling, as I say, that a New York busy hospital like this could end up having to ferry newborn babies in the middle of a hurricane up and down Manhattan, simply because a hospital like yours, with all its facilities and resources, couldn't get a generator to work."
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